Dodgers Retain Rich Hill

The Dodgers have officially re-signed left-hander Rich Hill to a three year contract that is rumored to be worth 48 mil.

Over his past 152 1/3 Major League innings (including the postseason), Hill owns a ludicrous 2.13 ERA. He’s racked up 184 strikeouts against just 44 walks in that time while also keeping the ball on the ground at a roughly league-average rate. While the durability concerns that accompany him are very real — Hill has made more than 20 starts just once in his career, back in 2007 — Hill was the only arm on the free-agent market that had the potential to pitch at the top of a Major League rotation. The Dodgers, in need of quality innings behind ace Clayton Kershaw (who missed two months with a back injury in 2016), can afford better than any club to take this level of risk on Hill.

Hill will be 37 in the Spring and has taken most all of those 37 years to finally find his footing after bouncing around the league for what seams forever.  He was pitching in the independent league just a year and a half ago.  Hill will join Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, and Julio Urias in the Dodgers rotation.

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3 thoughts on “Dodgers Retain Rich Hill

  1. Hill was one of those annual big free agent names the Feesh were supposed to be “all in” on, but they always manage to miss out on the best ones and wind up with the mediocrities like Chen and Volquez, who they also seem to wind up paying not a whole lot less than they would have paid a much better pitcher but a whole lot more than their signings are worth.

    Then again, if like Happytwinsfan you like see ball go far, I guess Chen does have his upside. Just not for the Feesh, though.

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      • I think you’re right, and even if he does keep it up I bet the problem he had with blisters on his pitching hand won’t go away.

        I had both him and Beltran on my fantasy team last year but I don’t expect to use either of those two geezers next year. However, I do highly recommend them to other team owners.

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